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Ten expats win top Shanghai award

Ten foreigners were presented with the Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award at the City Hall yesterday by Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong for their outstanding contributions to the city.

The recipients from the United States, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines included entrepreneurs, educators and scientific research and health professionals.

Tu Guangshao, executive vice mayor, told the award winners that the city’s achievements in economic development as well as social harmony, advanced reform and improved living standards “couldn’t be made without your hard work and wisdom.”

Tu told them: “You truly live up to the honor we gave you today and the Shanghai people shall always remember your contribution and your friendship.”

Fatt Heng Wong, general manager of Roche Diagnostics (Shanghai) Ltd, said he was thrilled when he learned about his gold award. “The Magnolia Gold Award is not only a personal honor but recognition for the contribution of my company to Shanghai,” Wong said.

He said his biggest contribution was to bring the latest technology from other countries to China to help doctors diagnose and treat their patients and help smaller hospitals to do the testing themselves. His company offers scholarships to 14 well-known universities all over China, funds top Chinese scientists and helped victims of the Sichuan earthquake.

“Shanghai is a good place to learn about business as a commercial city and it’s my wish to stay here for a long time,” Wong said.

Michael Robert Phillips, director of the Suicide Research and Prevention Center at Shanghai Mental Health Center, is one of two doctors to win the gold award.

In addition to his work on suicide prevention, he is also one of the chief editors of the Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, the first English language psychiatric journal in China.

“A lot of creative things that happened in China are unknown in the West, so it’s important to have a platform where what is happening in China can be found out by international or world organizations,” Phillips said at the award ceremony.

He was glad the Shanghai government not only provides the award to people who have made an economic contribution but also to people who have made a social contribution.

“Suicide prevention is clearly not related to the amount of money Shanghai made. But it’s related to the stability, culture and the wellbeing of the population,” Phillips said.

The other winners were: Xiangli Chen, president of GE (China) Research and Development Center; Amit Midha, president of Dell Asia’s Pacific and Japan Region; Xing-Zhi Cao, chairman of SA-Sino (Shanghai) Communications Co Ltd; Larry Chan, chairman of Liwayway ChinaCo Ltd; Alan Hudson, director of Oxford University’s Leadership Programs for China; Scott Laurence Friedman, director of Mount Sinai Hospital’s liver diseases division; Henk Westerhoek, managing director, Logwin Air + Ocean China Ltd; and David J Wilson, director of SPX Corporation (China) Co Ltd and president of SPX Flow Technology Asia Pacific.

The Magnolia Gold Award has been given to 269 foreigners since 1993.



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